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When last we left each other, I was moving out of Manhattan.  We are now firmly implanted in Crown Heights.  Pictures are hung, carpets are laid, everything has a place.  Moo is loving school and making friends.  I'm digging the neighborhood and have yet to encounter the real-life horrors that magazines and the internet have me on shpielkes over. Hopefully, they will continue to be the stuff of paranoia.  I've actually found myself very warmly received and had a great time socializing on Shabbos with heretofore total strangers.  Shabbos, was just overall awesome.  Hubbs and Moo found a Shul with a kids' program and had a ball.  Izzy was upset because he wasn't going, too, so after a while he and I went out for a little shpatzeer on our block and we found some little kids outside with their moms.  Izzy had no qualms about ingratiating himself upon the kids, which made for a comfortable introduction on my part and he had a great time playing while I got to chat. After they went in, Izzy didn't want to go home without Hubby.  I said, "Let's go home" and shook his head and said "Tatty? Tatty?"  And since there's no eiruv, if Izzy doesn't cooperate, we ain't goin.  When Hubby came along, Izzy was laying on the sidewalk, crying.  But he very gladly got up and followed his Tatty and big brother home to have lunch, but he was so worn out from playing and tantruming that he fell asleep in his highchair.  In the afternoon, Moo and I went out to my friend's house.  She had a bunch of ladies over, who all happened to have 4 and 5 year olds, and she had a back yard.  Everyone was in heaven.  The kids were outside having a ball and the mommies were inside kibbitzing.  Moo didn't know what to do with himself because he doesn't quite understand the concept of a backyard.  He kept checking on me to make sure what he was doing was ok and I wasn't leaving without him.  To be continued...


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Sep. 21st, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
ohhhhh how lovely! I can not WAIT to move to a real live Jewish community!!! (most probably in the summer but I am so hoping something good happens for us before then!!)
Sep. 21st, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
Clearly you should ask your rabbi, but:

Pretty sure you can carry your child without an eiruv. Say the kid decides three blocks into the walk that he ain't moving. Are you stuck with leaving him there or waiting him out? No, you can pick him up and carry him off against his will. Whether you as a parent want to do that is a diff story.
Sep. 25th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
sounds great Yael!! so glad its working out for you and there are a lot of nice things in the areas right around CH (Brooklyn Children's Museum, Prospect Park, etc). Keep us posted!
Sep. 28th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
I thought you would have insight here and might not be a regular reader there: http://orthonomics.blogspot.com/2011/09/sheital-leasing-good-deal-or-not.html
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